ISSUE NO.120 • FREE FOR PEOPLE WHO LIVE AND WORK IN BRENT • PUBLISHED BY BRENT COUNCIL • DECEMBER 2011/JANUARY 2012
Festive fun for all find out what’s on
A new dawn for housing
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A new era for social housing A fresh look at housing
The advent of Willesden High road becomes modern day advent calendar
A look at what’s on in Brent
Brent’s got grit We’re prepared whatever the weather
‘Tis the season for cough, colds and of course, celebration! Everyone is celebrating something at this time of year whether it’s Christmas, Chanukah or the fact we can all look forward to a couple of bank holidays. Whatever the case, grab yourself a hot drink, sit back, relax and find out what’s going on. Flick to page 15 to read about an exciting project that’s set to perk up Willesden High Road and also offers a modern twist on some traditional festive fun. And whilst we are on the topic of festive fun, you’ll find lots going on in Brent this holiday season on page 16. And plans are afoot to shake up social housing as we know it, to learn more turn to page 13. Until next time, enjoy the holidays and have a great New Year.
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Welcome to the December/ January issue of the Brent Magazine
Orla Sedze Editor, The Brent Magazine
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Olympic torch to light up Brent
The two teams (Brent Council left) and (Brent Metropolitan Police right) line up after signing the pledge.
Giving violence the boot
Wednesday, 25 July 2012 will be a landmark date for Brent, as the borough welcomes the Olympic Flame as part of the Olympic Torch Relay. The torch will pass through Brent on day 68 of its 70 day tour of the UK as it makes its way to the Olympic Stadium. Sebastian Coe, Chair of LOCOG said; “We are thrilled to conﬁrm that Brent will act as a host location for the Olympic Flame on 25 July 2012, extending an invitation to people across the borough to welcome the Olympic Torch Relay during its journey around the UK.” To view an interactive map of the complete route visit www.london2012.com/ olympictorchrelaymap
Village school Headteacher Kay Johnson completed the demolition of old school buildings in the latest stage of a project to build a new centre of excellence for children with special educational needs in Kingsbury. Work to rebuild The Village School started earlier this year in a £29 million scheme led by Brent Council and when completed in summer 2013, will have been expanded to accommodate 235 pupils, aged four to nineteen years old.
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Brent Council and Brent Metropolitan Police played out a thrilling 5 – 5 draw in a seven-a-side football match at Wembley Power League. The match, was held to mark White Ribbon Day, the International Day for
the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25 November. The players signed a pledge to never commit, condone or remain silent about men’s violence against women.
You are recycling more Brent is now recycling 45 per cent of its rubbish since the new recycling and waste service was introduced on 3 October. Waste sent to landﬁll has dropped by 41 per cent in the ﬁrst month and we recycled 1,260 tonnes of dry
New facilities will include:
a new, specialist short break centre so families of children with disabilities can take a break
excellent music, dance and drama facilities
a fully-functioning sports hall and a specially-adapted swimming pool
the most up-to-date learning technology.
Headteacher Kay Johnson with a pupil
waste from your blue-topped bins - a rise of 50 per cent. Keep it up and let’s recycle more!
New dog control From early January, new dog control orders will come into effect for Brent’s parks and open spaces. New rules limit the maximum number of dogs, which can be exercised together, by one person, to six. Dogs will not be permitted in any playground, tennis court, netball court, bowling green or multi-use games area, covered by this order, unless they are assisting a registered blind, deaf or disabled person. In all pocket parks and
some areas such as walled gardens, dogs can be exercised but must be kept on a lead by their owner. However, dogs will be allowed to exercise off the lead in at least 90 per cent of Brent’s open spaces despite the orders. Dog owners will be informed about the orders at roadshows next year and they will be reviewed after six months. Visit www.brent.gov.uk/ parks in January for more information about where the dog control orders apply.
Visit Wembley, Visit Brent, use the website - it’s yours! Local businesses are being encouraged to publicise themselves on the new www. visitwembleyvisitbrent.co.uk website free of charge. As the site will be used to showcase Brent’s Olympic offering, this is an opportunity for businesses to promote themselves, special offers and events for local people and tourists.
Many businesses have already signed up so why not join them and shout about what’s good in Brent.
Volunteering blossoms at Brent River Park Thirty volunteers gave up their time to plant more than 500 daffodil bulbs and clean up Brent River Park in Wembley. To get involved in the Friends of Brent River Park email gillian.desoyres@groundwork. org.uk or call 020 8762 0354.
A voice for volunteers A new body has been set up to support voluntary organisations in the borough. CVS Brent is the voice for the voluntary sector and BASIS is complementing
its work for 18 months by providing training for local organisations and developing plans for a voluntary sector resource centre. www.cvsbrent.org
Town hall’s good enough for royalty
Ok, so we’re not talking about the queen, but Brent Town Hall did have the pleasure of opening its doors to the world renowned Royal Philharmonic Orchestra who rented out the Paul Daisley Hall to rehearse for a forthcoming show in November. The classic sounds of
‘Mussorgsky’s - Pictures at an Exhibition’ wafted through the building allowing ofﬁcers and visitors to be the ﬁrst audience to hear some of the music which will be played later in the year at the Royal Festival Hall. For information on booking space at the town hall contact - 020 8937 6203.
Chanukah Come and enjoy a musical concert and lighting of the menorah on the second night of Chanukah at Brent Town Hall on Wednesday 21 December from 6.30 –7.30pm. With performances by the London Cantorial Singers and North West London Jewish Day School choir, this promises to be a joyous evening and all are invited. Visit www.brent.gov.uk/ chanukah or call 020 8937 1076.
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Watch out for imposters Brent Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) is warning households to stay vigilant of imposters offering bogus ‘debt help’. A genuine CAB adviser would never call out of the blue offering help or to set up a debt management plan. Anyone who receives a call or text like this should alert Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040, or online at www.actionfraud.org.uk/ report_fraud
An artist’s impression of how Dollis Hill Legacy will look
The Dollis Hill legacy Designs for a lasting legacy of Dollis Hill House have been released by Brent Council. Approved by English Heritage, the legacy project plans will include a community open air venue incorporating original brickwork from Dollis Hill House and a memorial. The inclusion of seating and additional
greenery will ensure visitors to the historic venue can relax and unwind as they soak up the atmosphere. The demolition of the house is expected to take place in December and January while the open air venue is scheduled to be ready by spring 2012.
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Time to speak up and speak out Brent is marking Holocaust Memorial Day with an event at Brent Town Hall on Sunday 22 January 2012, from 11am to 12noon. Commemorating victims of the Holocaust and other genocides, the theme for next year is Speak Up, Speak Out and all are welcome. Visit www.brent.gov.uk/ bhmd or call 020 8937 1076 for more information.
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Eight young people in Brent have moved a step closer to their dream jobs in construction, after support by Brent Connexions service helped them to gain their CSCS cards, the Construction Skills Certiﬁcation Scheme in Health and Safety. As a result of the support, four have started work and two more are going on to further education. The two remaining young people are still being supported by Connexions and have attended interviews arranged with building companies. www.prospects.co.uk
Connexion staff and their young clients with their CSCS card.
Cutting waste is no tall order
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TV chef Richard Fox shared his secrets about cooking delicious food from stuff we often throw away when the Love Food Hate Waste roadshow arrived in Wembley. The BBC cook gave a question-and-answer session with shoppers and hosted a cooking competition to make the best ﬂat bread with
two residents. Shoppers and residents received information and advice from a Love Food Hate Waste stall and were entertained by a stilt-walking cabaret chef. www.lovefoodhatewaste.com Right: The stilt-walking chef in Central Square. Left: Cooking competitors Jennifer and Kuldip with Richard Fox.
School admissions now online Families who want help or advice with applications for school places will no longer be able to visit the Admissions Team in person at Chesterﬁeld House from 19 December. Instead, you can now apply for a place easily at www.brent.gov.uk/admissions and ring the team on 0208 937 3110 or drop in to your local One Stop Shop for help. Remember the deadline for primary school
applications is 15 January 2012 and residents have to apply to Brent Council regardless of whether the school is in or outside the borough. Admissions ofﬁcers will be holding two public meetings in January to help parents or guardians complete application forms. You can see them at Brent Town Hall 4 January 5 - 7pm or 5 January 5 - 7pm Willesden Green Library Centre.
Olympian visits Oakington Manor Triple jumper, Onochie ‘Larry’ Achike, with students.
Icelandic banks Brent Council is set to recover millions from the Icelandic banks which collapsed in the 2008 credit crunch after it campaigned for three years to get the money back. The council will get back almost all of its £5 million deposit - which was held by the Icelandic bank Glitnir - in early 2012. Brent also had a £10 million deposit with the failed Icelandic bank Heritable and has so far got back around £6.5 million. It is looking hopeful that we will recover up to 90 per cent of the original deposit in the next two years.
Pupils at Oakington Manor School were lucky enough to get up close and personal with a world class Olympian, Onochie ‘Larry’ Achike, who visited their school to talk about goals and dreams. Spending an hour in a coaching session, Larry showed off his personal best triple jump and shared with pupils his award winning
techniques. He also spoke to a packed hall of students about his ambitions of becoming a world class Olympian and the hard work that got him there. The school’s Headteacher, Mrs Libson said: “I am delighted that Larry found the time to come to our school to inspire our pupils, he is an excellent role model for our pupils.”
Tell Us Once
beneﬁts including attendance amount of time spent by allowance, income support those who are bereaved or incapacity beneﬁt, informing different agencies passports, and driving about a loved one’s death. licences. The information given Mark Rimmer, Director of to the Registrar about a Volunteers help to clean Brent Council’s Registration death will now be used to up Brent River Park. update records about council and Nationality Service and the borough’s Registrar, said: tax, Blue Badges, library “We are reducing red tape membership, pensions, and form-ﬁlling for residents housing beneﬁt and other
You only need to tell us once if you have lost a loved one for their records to be updated across the council. We have been working with central government as part of the Tell Us Once initiative to reduce the
Businesses get energy efﬁcient Brent companies discovered more about energy efﬁciency, carbon reduction and reducing energy use at a business breakfast organised by the council. The event, joint hosted by the Carbon Trust, was attended by around 40 Brent business people who received information and advice on cutting their energy use from experts. The breakfast was part of Brent Council’s strategy to reduce carbon emissions. For more information, email environment@ brent.gov.uk or call 020 8937 5380.
Brent business people Beata Wlodarczyk, Ivy Farkye, Bijal Sha and Jay Raj.
at a time in many people’s lives when they would prefer to be with their families and loved ones rather than dealing with administration. Tell Us Once is turning what has been a traditionally time-consuming process for residents into a more efﬁcient service.” www.brent.gov.uk/registrar
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